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Actor Matthew Perry from 'Friends' dies

The late Matthew Perry the actor that played Chandler Bing in the American sitcom series Friends

The entertainment world and fans of Friends say farewell to actor Matthew Perry who unexpectedly died at the age of 54.

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Surprisingly, not many people know this apart from the cast and those in the television entertainment world that Matthew Perry actually wrote some of the lines he and his fellow cast members added to the storyline as a group of young twenty-somethings living together in New York.

He was very talented and most underrated due to his extensive work within television and was only cast like his fellow cast members of Friends were often typecast in romantic comedies rather than doing many television or films with real drama and dealing with challenging storylines, apart from Fat Man Little Boy, Call Me Anna, Deadly Relation, The West Wing, The Ron Clark Story, The Good Wife, The Good Fight, and The Kennedys: After Camelot.

Matthew Perry worked in small roles from the age of ten in American television programmes starting with 240-Robert, Silver Spoons, Second Chance (later revamped as Boys Will Be Boys), Growing Pains, Sydney, and Home Free.

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In between roles Matthew Perry was a guest on satire sketches Not Necessarily the News and in the popular '90s American teen programme Beverly Hills 90210, and his first feature film A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon (also known as Aren't You Even Gonna Kiss Me Goodbye?) that also starred the late and then rising star River Phoenix.

The late American Actor Matthew Perry playing Chandler Bing in the American sitcom Friends
The late American Actor Matthew Perry playing Chandler Bing in the American sitcom Friends

But it was his role as Chandler Bing in Friends starring with co-stars Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer as a group of young people living in an apartment in New York, and all of the ups and downs from problems with work and interpersonal and relationship difficulties but always with quick witted one-liners and other funny lines and jokes, they experience over a ten-year period from 1994 through to 2004, and a special reunion of Friends in 2020, that Matthew Perry was also credited as executive producer.

Due to the huge worldwide success of Friends this meant it often comes with its own problems whether dealing with hangers on, or in so many cases the temptations of drugs, sex and the whole nine yards come calling.

Once successful people start to delve into drugs and drink it soon becomes their lives and this has a negative impact on themselves as human beings, which then their work.

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This happened like with so many talented souls in the entertainment world and was no different with Matthew Perry.

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His addiction to drink and drugs took a huge toll on his health, and he had fifteen operations on his stomach, which started after his colon burst in 2018.

Matthew Perry confessed to the world of his battle with drink and drugs and had to stop acting in Friends and a film he starred in, Serving Sara.

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His co-stars in Friends saw the effects of Matthew Perry's addiction as he often came onto the set severely hungover and later on even was drunk or high on drugs on set, which led to them doing an intervention, which like in many cases was unsuccessful.

Matthew Perry later said in an interview that he had spent $9 million on drink, both medical and illegal drugs, fifteen stays in rehab placements, and 30-years in therapy.

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Though Matthew Perry used his experience of addiction to help others and changing American policy in dealing with people with addictions as a spokesman for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, and setting up his own rehab Perry House centre, which he was awarded a Champion of Recovery from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, over the years.

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Matthew Perry won a Screen Actors Guild Awards as an Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, even China gave him a Huading Award for Best Global Actor in a Television Series and for the Editors Choice: TV Guide Awards.

Not many people could say they had fights while children with the future Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, due to his mother being Canadian and working at the time as the press secretary to his late father the former prime minister of Canada, Pierre Trudeau.

Captain Scott Williams from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) confirmed that Matthew Perry died in his Jacuzzi at his home alone.

The cause of Matthew Perry's death needs further investigations to make a confirmed determination according to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner's Office.

The last word shall be from Matthew Perry's Friends co-stars in their joint statement on X (formerly Twitter):

The cast of the American sitcom Friends
The late Matthew Perry (Left) with his castmates

"We are all so utterly devastated by the loss of Matthew. We were more than just castmates. We are a family. There is so much to say, but right now we're going to take a moment to grieve and process this unfathomable loss. In time we will say more, as, and when we are able. For now, our thoughts and our love are with Matty's family, his friends, and everyone who loved him around the world."